A favourite pre-red-carpet (remember those?) treatment for Hollywood celebrities, dermaplaning in its simplest form is a cosmetic procedure using a specialised blade that removes the top layers of your skin, including dead skin cells, peach fuzz and scar tissue, leaving a glass-like canvas upon which makeup glides on and stays put.

Of course, no one’s suggesting you have at it with the Gillette in the shower (which isn’t yours, obviously, as you’re way too smart for that.) Although it is safe for most people, with little risk of side effects and zero downtime, there’s still a lot of misinformation about the treatment. Herewith, dermaplaning (also known as blading or microplaning), explained.

Dermaplaning will make me start growing stubble

No matter where it grows on your body, shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker or darker. It’s biologically impossible for hair to grow back thicker because of shaving – whether with a razor or via dermaplaning. Shaving simply creates a blunt tip on the hairs, which many people interpret as greater thickness. When you dermaplane, you are removing very, very fine hair called vellus hair. This hair is so thin and soft that removing it with a dermaplaning tool will have little to no impact on how it looks when it grows back. After removing the vellus hair, along with dead skin cells and small imperfections, your skin will instantly feel and look smoother and brighter.

It’s Painful

Dermaplaning is actually one of the least painful ways to remove facial hair and dead skin—especially when compared to other hair removal techniques like sugaring, threading, and waxing. Think about it: shaving your underarms isn’t painful, so why would shaving your face be painful? Many people describe the feeling of dermaplaning as a gentle tickle or brushing sensation.

It isn’t suitable for darker skin

While harsh scrubs aren’t recommended for darker skin (tbh we don’t recommend it for *any* kind of skin), dermaplaning is different. Yes, it’s a type of manual exfoliation, however dermaplaning doesn’t irritate or cause micro-abrasions in the skin, so it won’t cause hyperpigmentation.

Dermaplaning will cause breakouts

Like most exfoliation techniques, dermaplaning prevents breakouts rather than causes them, clearing clogged pores and preventing pimples from forming. Less dead skin = fewer breakouts. Bonus? Clearing out pores and removing dead skin cells mean serums and treatments can penetrate the dermal layers and work even harder for you.

I can just do it at home…

We offer medical-grade scalpels and highly-trained hands for your dermaplaning treatment. When using a shaving device, you’re getting just hair, but the scalpel goes just a little bit deeper than that. Wielding a scalpel at home means higher risk of infection, scarring and pigmentation damage.

But don’t just take our word for it – book in today and see these amazing results for yourself. We’re offering a special deal: buy three dermaplaning therapies and get three free light therapies. For a limited time only.